English at Newhaven School

You will study English if you have yet to achieve level 2. This may be at GCSE, IGCSE or Functional Skills. We can discuss with you and your parents what is the most appropriate for you.

We also want to provide our students with skills that enrich their lives and help prepare them for the modern world. This includes helping to develop their literacy skills, analytical thinking and confidence in their ability to communicate through spoken language.

For GCSE and IGCSE English Language you will learn to:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively

You will be assessed on three main skills: reading, writing and speaking and listening


  • Read 19th, 20th and 21st century texts in a range of genres and types including literature (fiction and non-fiction), essays, reviews and articles.


  • Write in a variety of text types: letter, report, newspaper report, magazine article, journal, words of a speech, a reasoned argument, descriptive and narrative compositions, essays and reviews.

Speaking and Listening:

  • Give a formal presentation of approximately 4–5 minutes, on a theme or topic you choose. Answer spoken questions on the theme or topic for approximately 4–5 minutes.
Term 2019-2020Year 7 and 8 (KS3)Year 9 (KS3)Year 10 (KS4)Year 11 (KS4) LangYear 11 (KS4) Lang/Lit
AutumnImages of Childhood: Poetry/Roald DahlImages of War: WW1 Poetry127 Hours
Whistle and I’ll Come
Film Unit
AQA Language Paper 1
An Inspector Calls
Anthology Part 3 (Poems)
Language Paper 1
SpringThe Woman in Black
Jack the Ripper
Animal FarmThe Selfish Giant
Anthology Part 2 (Poetry)
AQA Language Paper 2 or
Anthology Part 2 (Poetry)
Anthology Part 1 (Non-F)
Of Mice and Men
Anthology Part 3 (Poems)
Language Paper 2
SummerRichard IIICreative Media EnL Certificate
Great ExpectationsAnthology Part 1 (Non-F)
AQA Paper 1 & 2
IGCSE Language Paper 1
Anthology Part 3
AQA Paper 1 & 2
IGCSE Literature Paper

AQA GCSE English Language (8700)

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing is worth 50% of the GCSE grade. This exam will last for one hour and 45 minutes.

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives is worth 50% of the GCSE grade. This exam will last for one hour and 45 minutes

Edexcel IGCSE English Language (Specification A) (4EA1)

Paper 1: Non-Fiction Texts and Transactional Writing is worth 60% of the GCSE grade. This exam will last for two hours and 15 minutes.

Coursework A: Poetry and Prose Texts is worth 20% of the GCSE grade.

Coursework B: Imaginative Writing is worth 20% of the GCSE grade.

Some students will also have the opportunity to take an IGCSE in English Literature:

Edexcel IGCSE English Literature (4ET1)

Paper 1: Poetry and Modern Prose is worth 60% of the GCSE grade. In this two hour exam, you will answer questions on poetry and the novella, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

Coursework A: Modern Drama is worth 20% of the GCSE grade. You will study An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley and write an 800 word essay.

Coursework B: Literary Heritage is worth 20th of the GCSE grade. You will study Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and write an 800 word essay.

Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in English at Level 1 (500/8700/9)

You will develop understanding and skills in:

Level 1

  • Speaking, Listening and Communication: take full part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects.
  • Reading: read and understand a range of straightforward texts.
  • Writing: write in a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience.

How you will be assessed:

Level 1

  • Speaking, listening and communication: A formal discussion and an informal group discussion.
  • Reading: Two texts based on a single context. The two texts will comprise: one narrative text, eg a newspaper article, one informative text, eg a letter, timetable, leaflet. You will answer questions on both texts. This is an onscreen assessment.
  • Writing: One task worth 15 marks, (such as writing a letter or a newspaper article), and a shorter task worth 10 marks, (such as writing an email). You will complete both tasks. 40% of the marks for each task will be allocated to spelling, punctuation and grammar. This is an onscreen assessment.